Words by Carlie Tucker
Sure Kuala Lumpur is a big draw for tourists with its unique skyline punctuated by stainless steel towers, incredible heritage and culture and intoxicating food scene that offers up fine fare whether dining on the street or in a 5-star restaurant. But this Malaysian city is also a big draw for business travellers due to its penchant for innovation and close proximity to Australian shores. What's better is the sweep of swanky business-friendly stays that welcome corporate visitors with open arms, cheap rates and all of the amenities needed to ensure a productive stay. Here are just a few of those top hotels:
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Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel
Part of the Marriott group, this quality hotel provides business travellers with 4-star service and amenities within easy walking distance to the heart of the city's thriving business district. It's position is key for those that appreciate hassle free transportation as you can simply walk nearly anywhere you want to go.
Thoroughly modern and stylish, it also incorporates the creature comforts expected of a 4-star hotel. Rooms range from the Superior to the Royal Suite, all well-appointed with chic interiors and comfy beds. A designated work desk comes standard, as does a marble bathroom, extra outlets with dual voltage adaptors and 24-hour room service.
Guests are treated to a number of dining options, including a convenient Grab-n-Go breakfast service (at a fee) for those juggling busy schedules. There's a full outdoor pool as well as a fitness centre for those that want to keep up on those New Year resolutions, while a spa provides a welcome retreat should you have the time.
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ParkRoyal Kuala Lumpur
If you're after a fuss-free stay in easy walking distance to key business districts, this hotel is exactly what you're looking for. Another 4-star stay, it's thoroughly modern with multiple helpful facilities.
There are a number of room configurations available to ensure a stay that not only suits your needs but also your budget. Superior rooms are standard, with queen-sized beds, workspace and complimentary Internet access. There are also floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the surrounding city to offer a little something extra to your stay.
There are seven different on-site dining options, ranging from the informal light meals and snacks of Hot Gossip, to the expert creations of the Kurata Japanese Fine Dining. There's also a well-equipped business centre, indoor gym, outdoor pool, spa and parking services. As an added bonus that professionals may find particularly interesting, guests can enjoy unrestricted access to a Press Reader on their smartphones. This provides access to over 4,500 local and international online publications so you can stay on top of the news.
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Hotel Royal Kuala Lumpur
Holding up 20 storeys in the centre of the city, this hotel is all about modern comfort with a little Malaysian flair. It too is close to many of the city's key destinations, including business centres and sightseeing landmarks.
There are 225 rooms and suites with different configurations to choose from. This includes the Executive Deluxe, which has been recently renovated. Positioned from the 17th to the 20th floor, these guestrooms feature a new contemporary design complete with a designated workspace, complimentary Internet service, buffet breakfast and late checkout (subject to availability).
Corporate guests are further catered to with the presence of an Executive Business Centre, fitness centre and concierge services. There is also the Makan2 CoffeeHouse, which invites guests to 'eat all you can' with international and local cuisine to choose from.
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Concorde Hotel Kuala Lumpur
Comprised of 581 rooms, this Golden Triangle hotel is ideal for business travellers. As with others on this list, it features a perfect position close to both bustling business districts and sightseeing opportunities. You can walk nearly anywhere you'll need to go.
Superior, Deluxe and Premier Rooms are all available as are Classic and Presidential Suites. All come with the convenience of unlimited WiFi access along with international direct dialling phones and an in-room safe. Guests are also treated to views of the surrounded city thanks to oversized windows.
Guests staying in Premier Rooms or suites are afforded a little something extra by way of added services. This includes a complimentary one-way limousine transfer, private check-in and check-out, access to the Premier Fitness Centre and unlimited coffee, tea and beverages at the Premier Lounge. There is also an Executive Business Centre (which all guests can access) concierge, swimming pool and Concorde shopping arcade.